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An Ornithopter (from Greek Ornithos "bird" and Petron "wing"), a bio-mimicry of birds, bats and insects, is an aircraft that flies by using the same mechanism as birds: flapping its wings instead of using engines for propulsion like most of the modern day aerodynamic models.

This workshop encompasses all the concepts and principals involved in the aerodynamics of an Ornithopter. The workshop provides a complete learning experience to the participants.

Course Outcomes

• Build and test your own rubber-powered Ornithopter.

• Understand the principles of Flight of a bird.

• Design a mechanism that imitates a Bird

• Competition for Longest Flight

Course Structure and Topics Covered


Basics of Aerodynamics and flapping-wing flight.

History of Ornithopters.

Types of flapping-wing aircraft.

Understanding the mechanisms involved in design of flapping-wing flight.

Theory behind designing a Radio Controlled Ornithopter.


Design own rubber-powered Ornithopter from scratch.

Ornithopter Fabrication sessions.

Test flight /competition session.

Kit Content

Balsa wood

Mechanism rods

Epoxy Glue

Rubber bands

Working Tools

Other miscellaneous item

Certification Policy

1. Certificate of Merit for all the workshop participants from SAW RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT.

2. At the end of this workshop, a small competition will be organized among the participating students and winners will be awarded with a 'Certificate of Excellence'.

3. Certificate of Coordination for the coordinators of the school workshops.


This course is open to all students interested in Ornithopter

Students interested for a career in Aerospace and Aviation related fields of engineering